Where better to celebrate Chinese New Year than in Chinatown itself? Whether it’s the legendary soup dumplings at the aptly named Dumplings’ Legend, the Cantonese roast duck at the Four Seasons, the hearty rolls at BaoziInn, the sizzling sea bass at JinLi or any of the many other culinary delights of this delicious enclave, you will be well served.
Poon’s at Mortimer House
The Poon family – led by Bill Poon, who opened his famous, once-Michelin-starred, eponymous Chinese restaurant in London in the 1970s, now revived by his daughter Amy – will take over the kitchen at Mortimer House for this two-night celebration. On February 9, dinner will be served around bubbling pots, while February 10 will see a celebration of Poon’s most famous dishes with a seven-course tasting menu.
From £55 pp, Feb 9-10, 37-41 Mortimer Street, W1T 3JH, septrooms.com
Two-Michelin-starred maître Andrew Wong will launch a new evening menu at his restaurant Pimlico in time for the Chinese New Year. Inspired by imperial banquets of the Qing Dynasty, dishes to share will range from seared black lamb with chilli and peanuts, to cod cheek with fermented chilli and scalded Chinese chives – vegetarian options are also available.
£135 per person, from 1 February, 70 Wilton Road, SW1V 1DE, awong.co.uk
£118 per person 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD and 17 Bruton St, W1J 6AE, hakkasan.com
Feel lucky? Visit any of the BAO stores in London (Soho, Fitzrovia, Borough, King’s Cross or Shoreditch) and order a Classic or Daikon bun between 28th January and 13th February, and you will receive a red envelope. Inside you’ll find a freebie – from £5 to spend in their digital supermarket, to a voucher for a case of home brew – with one lucky recipient receiving a free BAO every day for 2022. striped buns Blacks will also be served at BAO Cafe in King’s Cross and online to mark the Year of the Tiger.
Various locations, from January 28 to February 13, baolondon.com
15-17 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL and Broadgate, EC2M 2QS, yauatcha.com
A Hoxton favourite, the Museum of the Home is hosting a day of free activities for all ages to mark the arrival of the Lunar New Year. Make your own hand drum during a creative workshop, get swept away in a live storytelling session, watch a film about Vietnamese vegetable gardens, and more.
Free, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 5, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA, museumofthehome.org.uk
17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA, parkchinese.com
Specializing in this heavenly combination of Korean fried chicken and beer, Wing Wing is expanding its Lunar New Year menu with a limited-edition meal offering. Get six tiger stripe wings, doused in hot buldak mayonnaise sauce, with chips and a bottle of Shoju for £14.50, or swap the drink for Aloe Vera juice to cut the price by three pounds.
Until February 15, WC2 and WC1, wingwing.co.uk
Battersea Power Station
Since 2010, a pair of huge tiger sculptures designed by the Visionary Architecture Lab have toured the world, and now they’ve landed in London. Marrying the art of lantern making with contemporary design, the so-called Digital Origami Tigers will be on display at Battersea Power Station as part of the Light Festival.
Until February 27 SW8, batterseapowerstation.co.uk
MiMi Mei Fair
This upmarket Mayfair restaurant has undergone a New Year’s makeover, installing a wishing tree of garlands of kumquats, fuschia peonies and chrysanthemums for dinner. The food will be equally spectacular – wok-cooked lobster, dim sum, pan-fried oysters and more will be offered as part of a traditional feast menu.
£98 per person, until February 15, 55 Curzon Street, W1J 8PG, mimimeifair.com
Head to the Shard for a meal with a view at Hutong, whose Chinese New Year celebrations will consist of a five-course meal, lion dancers and a Chinese calligrapher. Savor a traditional Lo Hei salad before feasting on the main event, roast Peking duck with homemade pancakes and hoisin sauce. Also be sure to try the unique cocktail – Don Julio Blanco, nigori sake, tangerine puree, lime juice and pepper honey – as half of its net sales will be donated to WWF to help protect tigers at home. ‘wild state.
£125 pp, 33 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY, hutong.co.uk